Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Interview and Giveaway-Dream Walker by Kimberly Dean
Welcome Kimberly, Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I’m Kimberly Dean, an author of romance and erotica. I write in the genres of paranormal romance and contemporary romance.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Dream Walker is a story about a Dream Weaver who falls in love with a beautiful scientist plagued by sleepwalking. It’s the second book in my Dream Weavers series, which is based on the Greek legend of the Oneiroi. The Oneiroi are deamons who bestow dreams upon sleeping humans. In this particular story, the heroine is being possessed by a Somnambulist, and it’s up to her Dream Weaver to save her. I’m so excited, because it releases today!
Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
Most of my stories and characters come from my imagination, but I have used actual people or situations. They tend to be the villains or something unfair or funny that has happened to me. Using them taps into a core of emotion that isn’t accessible for purely imaginary people or events. It can be cathartic.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I took over a year-and-a-half of rock vocal lessons. But don’t ask me to sing in public. Never ever gonna happen.
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
I enjoy movies, sports, traveling, music, and sunshine. For something different, several friends and I recently went to an escape chamber. It’s a new entertainment venue where you get locked in a room with others and need to team up to work your way out. It was a blast! It also exposed my secret love for computer adventure games where you need to solve puzzles to work your way through to the end. Let’s just say I was very instrumental in helping my group escape. J
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I’d like to try action thrillers outside of the romance genre. I think that could be fun.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
I really liked Jason Sloan from Courting Trouble. He’s a former hockey player turned businessman, yet he still approaches life with the same aggressiveness that got him thrown in the penalty box more than often. Roxie from my Triple X series is my favorite heroine. She grew up in the foster care system and is wild and independent. For both characters, I like their layers. They say and do what they want to do, not caring what others think, yet they have such good hearts. I’d love to take the leaps that they do, but I’m too cautious.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
The next book in the Dream Weavers series is titled Riveting Dreams, and it’s about a woman who suffers from the frightening sleep disorder of sleep paralysis. Have you ever woken up and, for a brief moment in time, been unable to move? For some people that happens to a greater extent. It’s thought that they get caught between REM sleep, where muscles are paralyzed, and the waking world. It can be very disturbing, and it’s great material for this series. I’m in the middle of a first draft, and I’m loving it.
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
I’m also working on my Courting series, which is contemporary erotic romance. The series is about Luxxor Limited, a high-end escort service that specializes in love matches. The next book is Courting Danger. It’s a thriller, and it releases next month, just in time for Halloween.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently listening to the audio book of The Girl On The Train.
What is in your to read pile?
I’m behind on everything, but I really want to get back to Karen Robards’ Dr. Charlotte Stone series. Her Last Whisper is next for me. I’m also a fan of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. Shards of Hope is in my to-be-read pile.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Tiger Eye Productions, LLC
Date of Publication: 9-29-15
Word Count: 67,000 words
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Research scientist Shea Caldwell has always had a thing for security consultant, Derek Oneiros. He’s smart, handsome, and built like a Greek god. As attracted as she is to him, though, she’s afraid to let him into her bed – because she’s dangerous when she sleeps.
Derek is known among his brothers as “The Machine,” yet his carefully cultivated control is put to the test whenever he’s around Shea. The woman is as beautiful as she is intelligent, but they’ve always kept things professional – until Derek learns why. Shea is sleepwalking again, but what she doesn’t know is that he may be the only one who can help her. For he is a Greek daemon, and he’s charged with protecting her dreams.
With Shea threatened, Derek makes things personal, and their nights together turn steamy and intimate. He’s ready to battle against the Somnambulist that’s been controlling his lover in her sleep, yet is the night creature really causing all the harm? When Shea’s groundbreaking research notes are stolen, it’s clear that other evil forces may be at work.
He’d let her fall asleep.
It was the first clear thought that ran through Shea’s mind when she opened her eyes. That and the fact that Derek was still with her. His heat pressed against her back, and his arm draped heavily across her waist. They were lying side by side on her bed, her body tucked up close against his.
Yet even as she responded in pleasure, she tensed.
Darkness was falling. They’d spent the day making love, and now the sun was setting. Night was creeping in. She stared at the oil painting that hung on the wall until her nerves began to crawl. Even the littlest thing could set her Somnambulist off—and today had been anything but normal—yet she’d let herself be lulled into sleep.
What had she been thinking?
“There you are,” a deep voice rumbled. The hand against her stomach flexed, and she was pulled more tightly against the big male form behind her.
A muscled thigh slipped between her legs, and Shea arched as a soft kiss was placed on the side of her neck. The intimate embrace had her groaning. Obviously, she hadn’t been thinking. Her brain had been shorted out, disconnected, and thrown right into the bathwater.
How could she have let her guard down like that? The freedom had been fantastic, arousing and intoxicating as fine wine, but how could she have forgotten what had been happening to her? What had happened just this morning?
Had she… Oh, God. Had she done anything in her sleep? With Derek here?
“How long have I been out?” she asked in a rush.
That rumbling voice was too disconcerting, too sexy. She had to look into his eyes. Tucking the sheet up high under her arms, she rolled over to face him. When she did, her breath caught in her chest. His short hair was mussed, and dark shadows lined his jaw. The bad boy look didn’t fit his character, but it was so incredibly hot she had to press her legs together.
Unable to help herself, she let her gaze drop. She took in the well-drawn lines of his body, his muscled chest and rippling abs, but the sheet sitting low on his hips wasn’t what made her look up again. It was the relaxed look on his face. She’d never seen him so calm, so relaxed, so at ease in the moment. It made her belly warm.
Relaxed had to be good, right? If she’d gotten up and danced zombie pirouettes around the bedroom, he wouldn’t be relaxed.
Or so obviously ready to make love to her again.
About the Author:
When taking the Myers-Briggs personality test in high school, Kimberly was rated as an INFJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging). This result sent her into a panic, because there were no career paths recommended for the type. Fortunately, it turned out to be well-suited to a writing career. Since receiving that dismal outlook, Kimberly has become an award-winning author of romance and erotica. She has written for seven publishing houses, both domestic and international, and has recently focused her efforts on the exciting world of self-publishing. When not writing, she enjoys movies, sports, traveling, music, and sunshine. In her mind, a beach, some rock ‘n’ roll, and a good book make for a perfect day.
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/kimberlydean